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colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics, and an international leader in
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Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is set to
support innovation in Kenya’s Technical and Vocational Education Training
(TVET) sector thanks to a brand-new joint initiative. It will work with two Kenyan
organizations to fund research at Kenyan TVET institutions that look at ways to
improve skills and employability prospects for Kenya’s youth.
CICan will work with Kenya’s Linking Industry with Academia (LIWA) and Rift
Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) to implement the Supporting
Innovation in the Technical and Vocational Education Sector: Towards
Productivity and Competitiveness (SITVES) project. This joint initiative will
support new or existing innovation centers or research departments in Kenyan
TVET institutions to carry out action-based and industry-oriented applied
research in conjunction with local hubs, start-ups, SMEs and the private sector.
The project was made possible thanks to a $1 million research grant on
Promoting Employment, Entrepreneurship and Industry Competitiveness
in Kenya, from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).  
“We look forward to working with our Kenyan partners to help address remaining
knowledge gaps in the Kenyan TVET sector”, noted CICan president and CEO
Denise Amyot. “I am confident that by working together, we can make Kenyan
institutions more innovative and more responsive to the needs of their private
sector partners, while improving access to education to all, including young
women.”
The project will be based on three pillars: establishing applied research hubs in
collaboration with industry and local government, promoting gender equality in
TVET by reviewing policies and designing appropriate resources, and
encouraging competitive action research that is problem-based and contributes
to local community development. It will leverage the expertise of Canadian
colleges and institutes who regularly work with local businesses to develop
applied research projects that drive innovation.
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